Petroleum and Geology Engineer of the Universidad Nacional de Colombia of Medellín, Palinologist of the University of Vienna, Austria and High Business Management of the INALDE, Universidad de la Sabana, Honorary Professor of the Universidad de América of Bogotá and writer.
He was Minister of Public Works and Transportation; prime Minister of Transport of Colombia; Ad hoc Minister of Mines and Energy, Ambassador of Colombia in the Federal Republic of Germany. He currently serves as the Executive President of the Federación Nacional de Biocombustibles de Colombia.
María Fernanda Suárez is a business administrator from CESA university and holds a Master degree in Public Policy Management from George Town University.
She has more than 20 years of experience in the public and private sectors. Since 2015, has been the Vice President of Strategy and Finance of Ecopetrol, leading from this position the efficiency plan of the company that positioned it as one of the most profitable and resilient in the industry.
She was Director of Public Credit and National Treasury of the Ministry of Finance; Vice President of Investments of the Porvenir Pension Fund and executive in Citibank, ABN AMRO and Bank of America. She belonged to the Board of Directors of ISA, Isagen, XM, FDN, Cenit and Ocensa, among others. She also gave lectures on Leadership and International Finance.
Sergio Andres Orozco Escobar is an Environmental Engineer from the School of Engineering of Antioquia and a specialist in Corporate Finance from the same university.
He is an expert in environmental issues, has held positions in the public and private sectors for 15 years, in entities such as the Metropolitan Area of the Aburrá Valley. He has also been professor of Environmental Management at the Lasallista University Corporation. It also has strengths in the knowledge of environmental legislation.
Mr. Scharping is Director of the Urban Air Initiative. The Urban Air Initiative is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving air quality and protecting public health by reducing vehicle emissions. The group is focused on increasing the use of clean burning ethanol in our gasoline supply to replace harmful compounds in gasoline. UAI is helping meet public policy goals to lower emissions and reduce carbon in our environment through scientific studies and real-world data to promote new fuels, engine design, and public awareness.
Jeff has a Master in Business Administration from Wichita State University and a Mechanical Engineering degree from Kansas State University.
Lawyer from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá, Colombia, with a Master of Laws (LLM) in International Business Legal Studies from the University of Exeter, England. During his more than thirty years of professional practice, he has advised national and multinational companies in the area of competition law and international business, as well as organizations such as the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Board of the Agreement of Cartagena, the company Agriconsulting Europe SA (AESA), among others; as well as to some state entities such as the Ministry of Agriculture and the National University of Colombia. Currently, he is on the list of eligible panelists of the Dispute Settlement Body of the World Trade Organization. He was president of the table of Defense of the Competition of the VI Business Forum of the Americas in the FTAA negotiations. He was also a professor of International Economic Law at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana from 2003 to 2013. He is currently a partner of the firm Ibarra Abogados, president of the Colombian Association of Competition Law and arbitrator of the Arbitration and Conciliation Center of the Chamber of Commerce of Bogotá. He has represented several companies in the most important cases of commercial defense and litigation related to free trade agreements.
Eduardo Leão de Sousa has been the Executive-Director of UNICA (Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association) since September 2007. From 2003 to 2007, he was a Senior Economist at the World Bank in Washington, DC. Prior to that, he worked for the Brazilian government as the Head of Agricultural and Agroindustrial policies at the Ministry of Economics.
He is an agronomist and holds a PhD in Agricultural Economics from the University of Sao Paulo.
He is a member of the Commodity Advisory Group at the New York Stock Exchange’s Euronext, the World Sugar Committee at ICE Futures U.S., Director of the Executive Board of the World Sugar Research Organization, and Member of the Board of Agribusiness from the Brazilian Industry Federation.
Hind Abi-Akar is a Lubricants and Fuels Technical Expert at Caterpillar Inc. Hind received her PhD in Materials Science from the University of Alabama in Huntsville. Hind joined Caterpillar’s Research Division in 1995 where she worked on corrosion, coatings and failure analysis. Hind then joined Caterpillar’s Fluids and Filters group as a Technical Expert focusing on technical development of lubricants, diesel fuels, gas fuels, and alternative fuels. She develops specifications and publications for Caterpillar Fluids. Dr. Abi-Akar represents Caterpillar in external organizations including EMA (Engine Manufacturers Association) and ASTM. She is the Alternative Fuels Committee Chair for EMA. Hind holds multiple patents in various technical fields, has authored a book chapter and conducted technical publications reviews.
J.D. Schulte is the Director of Public Works for the City of Moline, IL. J.D. is certified through the American Public Works Association (APWA) as a Certified Public Works Leadership Fellow (PWLF). He has also obtained the Public Fleet Professional (CPFP) by APWA and by the National Association of Fleet Administrators Schulte is designated as a Certified Automotive Fleet Manager (CAFM). J.D. is also an ASE Certified Master Automotive Technician, an ASE Certified Master Medium/Heavy Truck Technician and an ASE Certified Service Consultant.
An Illinois native, Schulte graduated with honors from Wichita Automotive and Electronics Institute in 1984. Following an apprenticeship with Robinson-Lesline Buick where he worked his way up the ranks to lead technician and team leader, he moved to Moline to embark on a now 28-year career with the city.
J.D.’s career with the city began as a Mechanic I in the Fleet Division of Public Works. He was promoted to Mechanic II and after 10 years in Fleet, was promoted to the Loss Control Manager’s position. He held this position for a short time and then was promoted once again to the position of Fleet Manager in Public Works. J.D. held the position of Fleet Manager from July of 2004 through June of 2016 before being promoted to Director of Public Works.
A member of the American Public Works Association (APWA) as well as the American Water Works Association, Schulte is also a past member of the Emergency Vehicle Technician oversight committee responsible for creating the certification exam criteria. From 2013-2018, Schulte served on the APWA National Fleet Technical Services Committee. In 2012, J.D. was named the APWA Fleet Manager of the Year.
Outside of the office, Schulte serves on the Rock Island County Fair Board and spends time with his wife Sheryl, their three adult children and his grandchildren.
Magín Lapuerta is Professor at the University of Castilla-La Mancha, Spain, since 1995. Previously, he was assistant professor at the University Politécnica de Valencia, also in Spain. He has led the Fuels and Engines Group since its foundation in 1996. The research lines of this group are mainly focused on diesel combustion and emissions, with particular attention to the effect of the use of residual and renewable fuels from different feedstocks on the engine gaseous and particulate emissions. He spent a sabbatical year in the Pennsylvania State University, USA (2010-2011), another half-sabbatical at the Combustion Research Laboratory (University of Toronto, Canada), and a six-month stage in CETAM (Centro de Tecnologías Ambientales, Valparaíso, Chile). He has advised 12 doctoral theses, presented more than 80 congresses, published 125 scientific articles in international journals, collaborated with around 60 companies in the area of fuels and engines and received funds from 25 competitive projects from institutions. He was awarded with the prize from Castilla-La Mancha government to the technological innovation in 2005. He is member of the Spanish Scientific Committee for standardization in Fuels and Lubricants (AENOR) and of the Biofuels Committee from the Spanish Association of Renewable Energy Producers (APPA).
Sérgio C. Trindade has a long history of achievements in the public and private sectors in many countries, cultures and languages, based on solid educational background and leadership qualities. At the beginning of his career, he designed, built and operated a sorbitol plant (a multiple-use polyalcohol). Subsequently, he joined the management consultants of Arthur D. Little, Inc. and addressed his Brazilian subsidiary, leading education and training initiatives in business management, technology, petrochemicals, agriculture and agribusiness. Invited by Promon, a large architecture and engineering design firm, the first private technology center in Brazil, focused on alternative alternatives, chemical products and telecommunications. Later, consult globally on natural gas development (for example: Colombia-Venezuela gas interconnection), alternative energy and the environment and environment, especially in Africa and Asia, but also in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Invited to become the Assistant Secretary-General for Science and Technology for Development of the United Nations, he originated and practiced the concept of stakeholder dialogues and invented and implemented the “conglomerate management” approach at the UN.
Back in the global consultancy, he designed and launched the UNEP International Environmental Technology Center in Japan. Later, “Tecnological Missions”was created and implemented in the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil.
Help in the design and implement in China, finance by the World Bank, technology transfer companies, and research centers in engineering. Help design and implement the provision of renewable energy services to remote areas in Brazil. As a member of the International Panel on Climate Change, he contributed to the work that led to the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize being awarded to the IPCC. He helped launch a startup fuel additive company in the United States. Consultant of private entities, helped to open the markets of the United States and China to boost imports of ethanol. He was vice president of the Board of Trustees of the World Agroforestry Center, in Nairobi, Kenya. Co-founder of ISAF, international symposia on fuel alcohols. From MIT he obtained a Ph.D. in chemical engineering with minors in international business, energy economics and technology management. “
Dr. James Fry is Chairman of LMC International Ltd, which he founded in 1980. He oversees the company’s wide-ranging research on agricultural commodities, food ingredients, and agroindustrial products, with a particular focus on palm oil.
For more than a decade, he has devoted almost all of his time to research in the oilseed sector for food and biofuels, and analysis and forecasts of the commodity price cycle.
LMC is known for the unique models that Dr. Fry developed to estimate production costs of agricultural crops and products, including oilseeds and vegetable oils – palm, soy, canola, sunflower, as well as peanut and coconut.
These estimates are widely used for benchmarking in their sectors, and enable LMC to assess international competitiveness in producing these crops and products.
He is often asked to undertake major projects for associations, private companies, investors, and government agencies around the world, as well as international organizations such as The World Bank and the Asian Development Bank, and to speak at many industry conferences and symposiums.
Dr. Fry holds B.A. and M.A. degrees in Mathematics and a Ph.D. in Economics from Oxford University, UK. Before joining the world of consultants, Dr. Fry was professor of economics at the Universities of Zaire and Zambia and then at Magdalen College, Oxford University.
Emmanuel leads the ePURE team, which he first joined in 2013 as Director of Government Affairs responsible for energy and environmental affairs. Before coming to ePURE, Emmanuel was Senior Manager for Public Affairs with Novozymes. His career in public affairs and advocacy also includes positions with UNICA, the Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association, and the Industrial Ethanol Association. He holds a Master’s Degree from the Institute of Political Studies of Bordeaux and an LL.M in European Law from the University Carlos III of Madrid. A French citizen, Emmanuel also speaks English and Spanish.
Master’s Degree in Energy and Resources from the University of Berkeley in California, Had a scholarship of the Rotary Foundation and Founder of Energy, Nature and Society, an entity focused on supporting agribusiness on its path to sustainability. Co-author of the book “Colombian palm biodiesel: the fiction about the reality of a business”, is the Director of the Technical Committee of ISCC for Latin America and member of the RSPO Advisory Group for Latin America.
At present, not only has it accompanied the certification of palm biodiesel plants in Colombia, but it has been working with others in its process towards sustainable production. In Latin America, it has a certificate of more than 150,000 hectares of oil as raw material for biofuels, a little more than 15 extractive plants and capacities in sustainable practices and more than 3,300 small palm producers in Latin America.
Geologist from the Universidad Industrial de Santander (UIS), Media Specialist of the Universidad de los Andes and international expert in climate change and sustainable development. Before the ministry he was the director of the National Water Center of the Asociación Nacional de Empresarios de Colombia (ANDI), where he supported the comprehensive management of water resources to companies in various sectors.
In his professional career he has been in charge of entities such as the Instituto de Hidrología, Metereología y Estudios
Ambientales (IDEAM), where as general director he served as the focal point of the World Panel on Climate Change; the World Meteorological Organization and the Climate; the World Organization for Earth Observation and of the International Hydrological Program of UNESCO. In addition, he held the position of executive director at the People & Earth Foundation.
He writes opinion pieces for El Colombiano, is an academic researcher and also university professor.
Public Accountant, from the Universidad de Medellín, Specialist in Electronic Journalism and MS in Public Communication from the Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana. In addition, he has studies in Regional and Local Development at ILPES – Cepal. He has been Deputy of Antioquia, Financial Manager of the Empresa Antioqueña de Energía EADE, Governor of Antioquia and Senator of the Republic.
During his public career, Eugenio Prieto has worked among others, for inclusion and equity; for the defense of citizens’ rights and users of public services; for early childhood; for health as a fundamental right; for greater coverage of an education with quality and relevance; for a sustainable, safe and friendly mobility; for reasonable rates and efficiency in home public services; for decent housing; for the public space and a healthy environment; for human security, coexistence and peace.
He is a Civil Engineer from the Universidad de Medellín, and a Specialist in Senior Management and Political Science at the Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana. He is the first mayor of Medellín whose candidacy was endorsed by citizen firms and not by a political party.
In the period 2004 – 2007 he was Councilor of Medellín and President of the First Commission. He was re-elected in the period 2008 – 2011 with 14.000 votes, at the moment the highest number of votes obtained by a councilor in the history of the city. This time he served as President of the Council.
After seven and a half years as a councilor, he ran for mayor of Medellín in 2011 but he was not elected. In 2015 he ran again for mayor by the movement “Creemos”, created and led by him. The signatures of approximately 120.000 citizens guaranteed their candidacy. On October 25, 2015, he won with 246.221 votes.
Over the past 16 years, she has authored over 50 technical papers covering all aspects of bioenergy from feedstock supply through end-use. She is an expert in both the fuel supply chain and biofuel compatibility with infrastructure and this work focuses on materials compatibility and meeting the patchwork of requirements necessary to introduce a new fuel to the market.
M.S., Renewable Energy Systems Technology Engineering from Loughborough University Loughborough, U.K. December 2004 (honors).
Graduate Diploma, Biomass Energy from Universidad de Zaragoza, Zaragoza, Spain, May 2004.
B.S., Biology, Business Option from Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, December 1996 (cum laude).
California native, Ms Mark worked for the City of Ontario, CA as a document and records specialist in the City Clerk’s office before relocating to the Midwest and applying to the City of Moline 8 years ago.
At the City of Moline, Sarah is the fuel island administrator, responsible for the fueling requirements of five agencies in the Illinois Quad Cities. Nearly 700 vehicles or pieces of equipment fuel at the City of Moline’s Central fueling facility. Ms. Mark is also responsible for utility bill data analysis, building maintenance oversight, budget projections and management, and building maintenance projects.
In 2013, The City of Moline installed a wireless RFID fuel authorization system to authorize fueling while simultaneously broadcasting data from the vehicle’s onboard computers to the City’s Fleet Management Information System (FMIS). Ms Mark was selected as the project manager to implement and now operate this first-in-the-nation system. Ms Mark is also responsible for report generation and data analysis for the City’s Fleet Division reports to the City Council and Administration.
Additionally, Ms Mark holds a CDL class B commercial Driver’s License with an air brake endorsement and trains new commercial drivers on the Rules of the Road in preparation for their license examinations. In 2016 the City of Moline embarked on a sustainability initiative to deploy LED lighting at 12 facilities throughout Moline. Sarah was selected by the Project Manager to function as the Project Lead on this endeavor primarily because of her proven track record of securing grant funding and her skills in cost benefit analysis.